Our Mission

Play – Debrief – Replay:

Motivating and allowing children to hypothesize, investigate, experiment and construct new ideas.

Go Team Ayla!


Why choose Ayla?

  • dynamic approach
  • child-centered learning
  • dual-immersion programs
  • age-appropriate development practice
  • small classrooms with professional care
  • friendly and homely

Ayla International School recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each child. Established in 2003, the school’s primary mission is to foster a love of learning in each student. 

Our curriculum skillfully weaves artistic and practical disciplines into everyday academics. Students learn to follow their curiosity, to think creatively, and to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

At Ayla International School we celebrate diversity and strive to instill integrity, compassion and confidence in each child.

We give each child support and encouragement to become his or her own unique self.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mendela


Ayla International School (AIS) is a highly acclaimed international preschool and kindergarten school based in Tokyo, eastern Japan.

Our program is designed to give children an environment for growth unmatched by traditional preschools.

At Ayla, children learn to observe, investigate and experiment with things that interest them. The programs are exclusively designed for parents who want their children to be independent, self-confident and flexible learners.

An extraordinary teacher/child ratio ensures the kind of personal attention that encourages achievement and growth.

We believed that it is important to foster the development of caring individuals who take an active interest in the world around them. Ayla encourages all children to attend regardless of physical or academic ability, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

Facts about Ayla

Language: Japanese and English
Maximum occupancy: 31
Student-to-teacher ratio: 5:1
Average class size: 5~7 per class

Founder’s Profile 

Ayla International School was founded in 2003 by Puteri Zailan. She was awarded the Japanese Monbusho Scholarship to study Early Childhood Education in Tokyo, Japan in 1989. She later became the first foreigner to be granted the Japanese Early Childhood Certificate and license. Before starting AIS, she taught in several Japanese kindergartens and international schools. As a child, Ms. Zailan traveled and lived in different countries because of her father’s work. Through her childhood experiences, she felt that it was a great opportunity to become multilingual. She started the school with an idea to help children value their identities and cultural backgrounds, while being open to learning about diversity. Ms. Zailan designed the Ayla Method through her research with children. Most of her approach and inspiration stems from the likes of Jean Piaget, Rudolph Steiner, Loris Malaguzzi, and Erik Erikson.

Ms. Zailan is multilingual herself. She speaks native-level English, Malay and Japanese. She is also able to speak a little Indonesian, German and Arabic because of her college studies.




e-mail: information@aylais.com

call: 03-3448-2585

mobile: 090-8024-9014